Human Relations Award

Each year since 2011, in honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Human Relations Commission selects a person or organization who demonstrates the spirit of the HRC’s purpose, and bestows them with the Human Relations Award. As qualifiers we look for someone who:

                     1. Promotes mutual understanding and respect among all social, religious, cultural and ethnic groups.

                     2. Encourages dialogue and inclusivity with diverse groups, and

                     3. Promotes best practices in human relations.

Nominations for the Award are opened in November and closed sometime in December. Notice of the nomination period is shared in City and HRC media platforms. The nominee must be an individual who has resided or been employed in the City for at least two years, or an organization that has directly served St. Charles residents for at least two years.

A nomination form must be fully completed and include a reason for the nomination in order to be considered by the HRC.

The award recipient is announced at the January City Council meeting and is commemorated on a plaque displayed in the City Hall. 


Past Winners

2021- Alex Reichert
Alex has worked on programs such as the Diversity Film Series and the Multicultural Reading Day. He is being presented with the award because of his commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Saint Charles community. Congratulations, Alex!

2020- Youth In Need 

2019- Melissa Whitwam (for her work as an educator and promoter of diversity through the arts in our community/ Executive Director of the Foundry Art Center)

2018- Jason Dunn (Resident- Pride St Charles)

2017- Matt Miller (Neighbor Helping Neighbor, Calvary Church)

2016- Pamela Coaxum (Resident, HRC Chair)

2015- Judge Daniel Pelikan (Family Courts and work his with Community youth)

2014- Youth In Need

2013- Officer Paul Yadloski (w/ St Charles Police Dept, his outreach to the Hispanic Community)

2012- Patti York (Mayor)

2011- Dr. Tom and Mary Harrison (Resident, Founding HRC Commissioner M. Harrison)

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